Best known by his pseudonym Jock, Mark Simpson is one of the most interesting artists in mainstream comics right now. Brought up in the 2000 AD school of British comics and breaking into the American market with The Losers graphic novel series at Vertigo, Jock set a new standard for himself with work on 2011's Batman: The Black Mirror, where his bold and contemporary graphic style contributed to what many fans and critics agree was the most significant Dark Knight adventure in years, not to mention one of the coolest Joker illustrations of all time.
Like many comics illustrators of his skill and increasing popularity, Jock has availed himself of the comics scene's resuscitating fascination with strong artistic visions and is releasing this week Savage Wolverine #9, the first chapter of a three-part arc he both wrote and drew. It's a major career move for Jock but only the latest auteur artist spotlight for Savage Wolverine (following delightfully eccentric work by Frank Cho and Joe Madureira), which in this crucial way is one of Marvel's most important titles.
ComicsAlliance spoke with Jock about his unorthodox take on the mutant also known as Logan, who the cartoonist drops into a vicious otherworldly realm in a story that owes more to tripped out European sci-fi than the X-Men classics of Marvel's past.
Earlier this summer, The Wolverine star Hugh Jackman revealed just how great he thought it would be if the X-Men, Spider-Man and The Avengers could all team up for a nigh-impossible movie, but what he didn't say was that he almost did appear as Wolverine alongside Spidey in the first Spider-Man film back in 2002.
Hitting at the height of the franchise’s popularity, the 1992 X-Men animated series translated all the action and melodrama that made the comic such a success to the world of Saturday morning cartoons, and it got its hooks into me like almost nothing else. That’s why ComicsAlliance is heading back through the archives for an in-depth look at every single episode of X-Men. This week: 'The Final Decision,' the explosive (literally) finale of Season One!
Coming up with costumes for live action super hero movies must already be a trip, but throw in the opportunity to whip out some '70s style threads, and I'm guessing it's a designers dream. It's not a combination that presents itself very often, but in the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past film, you'll see just that. And with principal photography on the movie having wrapped this weekend, an image has arrived online of Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman -- as Beast, Professor X and Wolverine, respectively -- in all their polyester sartorial splendor.
The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, arrived in theaters this past weekend. This is the sixth time Jackman has played the iconic X-Man, and the role has taken his career to heights it likely otherwise never would have reached, and much of that is owed to Chris Claremont. Along with artist Frank Miller, Claremont created the original Wolverine miniseries that this latest film is largely based on, and over his near 20+ years writing X-Men stories he did more to influence the development of Wolverine than anyone. Despite that, neither Claremont or Miller's name appears anywhere in the credits of the film, with not even so much as a "special thanks."
In an interview for Vulture, Sean Howe, the author of the Eisner-winning Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, asked Claremont for his thoughts on the film, how he feels about seeing his words on screen, and not being given any credit for the film's creation.
You know, I really expected Wolverine to kill more ninjas.
That's not being unrealistic, is it? I mean, when you hear that there's going to be a Wolverine movie based, however loosely, on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, you go into the theater expecting a few things to happen. I wasn't really looking for a specific number or anything, but if you'd asked me going in, I would've told you that my most important expectation for this movie was that Wolverine was going to kill a number of ninjas that was greater than zero. when the ninjas actually do show up about 20 minutes before the end, I figured it was finally time to pay off, but nope. Never happened. In that respect, I'm sorry to tell you that The Wolverine did not meet my expectations.
Marvel's weekend of announcements at San Diego Comic-Con wrapped up with the X-Men panel, which featured news of another X-Men team book and the resurrection of fan favorite character; an unlikely new solo mini-series from the creator of The Adventures ofDr. McNinja; and the addition of artist Terry Dodson to Brian Wood's upcoming X-Men storyline.
Marvel director of communications Arune Singh moderated a huge panel that included Brian Michael Bendis (All-New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men), Chris Hastings (Dr. McNinja), Brian Posehn (Deadpool), Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Paul Cornell (Wolverine), Peter David (X-Factor), Sam Humphries (Uncanny X-Force), senior editor Nick Lowe, Wolverine and X-Men editor Jeanine Schaefer (editor, Wolverine, X-Men), Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine), Terry Dodson (X-Men)
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